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Year 7 Information September 2024

We are really excited about welcoming your children to Great Baddow High School to begin the second stage of their learning journey.

This page will be updated regularly as a useful source of information to compliment any that is sent to your home or communicated via primary schools.

Initially we would like to draw your attention to the 'Information for Parents' booklet which provides important information that you should be aware of before your child joins us in September 2024.

Induction Days

Our induction days will be held on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of June.  Your child will be invited to one of these days and you will also be invited to a parents’ information evening on the same day.  More details to follow.

Arbor Parent Portal

Arbor is a simple, smart and cloud-based Management Information System, which we have introduced at Great Baddow High School to help us work faster, smarter and more collaboratively with our parents.

You can log into Arbor to see and update your child’s information, get live updates and make payments or bookings on the go!

There is an 'Arbor App' you can download on your phone and a 'Parent Portal' you can access on the internet, through which we can keep you informed about your child’s life at school in a much more accessible way.

Find out more about the Arbor Parent Portal here.

School Uniform

It is our aim that students should develop a sense of pride in their work, behaviour and dress. Therefore, a high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students.

Find out more about our school uniform requirements here.

An option to buy 'Pre-Loved' uniform is available. Further details can be found here.

Our House System

At Great Baddow High School each tutor group is attached to one of three houses. The houses are represented by three inspirational individuals who have outstanding life achievements and have given back to society; 

The house each student is allocated to is represented by the letter in their tutor group:

A = Attenborough

H = Hawking

E = Ennis Hill

View more information about our House System here.

Summer Reading Challenges

Reading is very important at GBHS and we want to encourage all of our students to continue reading over the summer holidays. Details regarding our Summer Reading Challenges will be provided at a later date to encourage reading and as a great way to earn house points in September.

To find out more about our school library here.

Free School Meals

If you are currently receiving Free School Meals, please be aware that you will need to reapply before your child starts at Great Baddow High School. It will not automatically transfer from your primary school. View information here.

Public Transport to School

Did you also know that if you are eligible for Free School Meals you may also be entitled to public transport to school? 

Transport assistance can be provided if your child is attending one of the nearest three secondary schools providing they are between two and six miles from your home address by the shortest available route.

Apply on line by visiting .

School Bus

If you are interested in applying for a seat on one of the school contract buses, please contact Stephensons of Essex -  view the information on our website here.

Contact Information

Should you have any questions regarding transition please do not hesitate to contact us via email through the main school office


Year 7 Transition Documents Date  
Information for Parents 2024-25 25th Apr 2024 Download